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an asteroid out there, not going to hit us, just give us a close shave in 20 to 25 minutes. this is an asteroid about 150 feet in diameter will miss earth by only 17,000 miles. cosmiccally speaking, that's very close, closer to us than some of our own satellites. >> its proximity and its size, it will still appear probably as a little dot of light moving against the background of the stars. so even in this big powerful telescope, we're not going to have such a close view of this object that you might see it shape. we might see a change in brightness of this object if it's rotating as it moves across the sky. >> astronomers here at the chabot space center in oakland where i'm at right now will be keeping an eye on this when it comes into view tonight. they're part of a special network of observatories collecting and data. they'll have a viewing party here inside their large 36-inch reflector telescope room, which you can see right there. this will be between 7:30 and 10:30 tonight. it is free and open to the public. i have such great faith in our astronomers that i can say t
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